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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/September 16, 2019

Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. Our newsletter is sponsored by Gold Diggers, a boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif. And AD is sponsored by you via Patreon. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media. 

Dave Whitaker and the Three Generation Rainbow

When a 20-year-old hippie-punk going by the name Sunfrog found his way from Detroit to the Nevada Test Site in 1988 to protest nuclear weapons, he did not anticipate meeting a Beat legend and Rainbow warrior like Diamond Dave Whitaker — the man responsible for introducing a young Bob Dylan to both Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and Woody Guthrie’s Bound For Glory…now at AD, a fascinating interview with counter culture traveler originally published by Sunfrog's anarchist fanzine Babyfish Lost Its Momma in the late '80s.

Lean Into the Cosmic Joke: On the Trailblazing Norma Tanega 

On December 20th, folk rock singer Norma Tanega passed away. Erin Osmon offers this post-script of an multimedia artist who lived her life "content to embrace each in their moment, and the momentum of change between them."

Elkhorn’s Jesse Sheppard on Bruce Palmer’s – The Cycle Is Complete

The stalwart Raven Sings the Blues offers up this reflection on one-time Byrds member Bruce Palmer's psychedelic jazz masterpiece The Cycle Is Complete: “Once the dust had settled, Palmer was dealing with over two hours of pure unadulterated exploration, so he took on the task of editing it all down to four “songs” of varying lengths and moods. The tunes are dense but mellow, with passages shifting focus from one instrument to another. Hand percussion and acoustic guitar, along with Palmer’s deft, round bass lines keep everything grounded. Imagine listening to The Incredible String Band or Lula Cortes through Vaseline.

A Manuel For Cleaning Women (2015)

"I don't mind telling people awful things if I can make them funny," Lucia Berlin writes in "Silence," one of the short stories included in this incredible collection. Berlin's writing is often funny—even when it's also heartbreaking, which it often is. Berlin draws from her own life, one filled with struggle and beauty, dreams and crushing realities. Drawing from her time as a teacher, medical clerk, and cleaning woman, from her youth in mining towns in Idaho, Montana and Arizona, and Chile, and her adulthood in California, New Mexico, Colorado, and Mexico, she imbues each of her stories with vivid detail and a sharp, steely eyed gaze that takes in sweetness with the same intensity as it does squalor. On the back of the book, the great Joy Williams calls her a "lover and a fatalist"—death lingers in the corners of these stories, if not right in the middle of them, but so does love, not just for other humans and living creatures, large and small, wealthy and poor, but for the act of living itself. Less

Shout, Wail, and Murmur: Translating Music's Barbaric Yawps

We don’t listen to music for precision—we listen for the moments raw humanity breaks through via sound. Guest contributor Matt Hanson reflects on the “barbaric yawps” that course through rock & roll, soul, and the blues. 

Shopping: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

For their latest, All Or Nothing, Shopping worked with producer Nick Sylvester to amp up the hedonism and beef up their often skeletal songs. In this interview we talked about the band’s new sleeker, synth-augmented sound, the balance of individual autonomy and group voice and why nobody in Shopping wants to be compared to your standard “starter-pack” of post-punk bands.

How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real

A crucial New Yorker piece from last month, ahead of literary oracle and razor sharp thinker William Gibson's new book, The Agency. "Most science fiction takes place in a world in which 'the future' has definitively arrived," writes Joshua Rothman, noting that Gibson's first book, Neuromancer, like most of Gibson's work, approaches with "a continuous arrival—an ongoing, alarming present." 

36 From the Vault Podcast

With the launch of the Dick's Picks series in the early '90s, the Grateful Dead continued its rein as one of music's most documented bands. The collection, which spanned 36 volumes, showcased the highs and the lows, and a new podcast, from writers Steven Hyden and Rob Mitchum, aims to explore them all, along with characteristically funny, insightful, and brilliant asides. 

Songs My Brother Taught Me (2016)

Before her breakthrough The Rider, director Chloé Zhao made this intimate, slow burning film. A look at life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the film focuses on Sioux siblings Jashaun Winters and John Winters as they navigate their futures. Quiet, honest, and beautifully shot, this one paints a vision of the Badlands and the people who live there. 

Outré California. More tales from the pacific rim. The Aquarium Drunkard Show. SIRIUS/XM radio ~ Channel 35. Wednesdays / 7pm California time + on-demand. 

SIRIUS 597 (January 15): Intro 2020 ++ Jo Tongo – Dig It Babe (Part 2) ++ William Oneyeabor – Fantastic Man ++ Joy Guerrilla – Test Flight (Intro) ++ Ernest Ranglin – Surfing ++ The Psychedelic Aliens – Okponmo Ni Tsitsi Emo Le ++ Lijadu Sisters – Bayi L’ense ++ Rikki Ililonga – Love Is So Strange ++ West African Cosmos – Wuye Wuye ++ CAVE – San’ Yago ++ Yoshinori Hayashi – Overflow ++ Kryshe – Hauch ++ Cluster – Zum Wohl ++ Juana Molina – Río Seco ++ Yoshinori Hayashi – Overflow ++ Radiohead – In Limbo ++ Public Image Ltd. – Radio 4 ++ Wire – Used To ++ Eno Moebius Roedelius – The Shade ++ Barry Walker – Accretion ++ David Darling – Cycle Two: Namaste ++ Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place ++ Dungen & Woods – Loop ++ Junip – Chugga Chugga ++ Wilco – One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend) ++ Fumio Nunoya – Mizu Tamari ++ Julian Lynch – Day At The Racetrack ++ Kikagaku Moyo – Nazo Nazo ++ Kevin Dunn – Nadine ++ Julien Gasc – Fait Divers ++ Dungen – Alberto Balsalm (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Gorillaz – Double Bass (AD edit) ++ Faust – It’s A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl ++ A. Savage – What Do I Do

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